Bongbong Marcos welcomes the ruling of the Supreme Court that acts as Presidential Electoral Tribunal. It denies with finality the bid of Vice President Leni Robredo to reverse its earlier ruling finding sufficiency in Marcos’ election protest. “This is already a denial of the motion for reconsideration,” Marcos’ counsel Atty. George Garcia said.
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[VIDEO]: The Supreme Court that acts as the PET deems that the complaint of Bongbong Marcos over cheating in last year’s VP race has presented enough merit to be reviewed. The resolution reads, “The protest is only sufficient for the tribunal to proceed. It gives the Protestant the opportunity to prove his case in accordance with the 2010 PET rules.”
Retrieval of Ballots Ordered by the Supreme Court
Garcia said they are happy with the decision. That means the election protest could begin to roll especially with the PET’s order to retrieve the ballot boxes. Other election paraphernalia in three pilot provinces to start revision and recount are also included in the retrieval process. Marcos’ three pilot provinces are; Camarines Sur, Iloilo and Negros Oriental.
Robredo’s Motion Junked
In its Aug. 29, 2017, resolution, the PET said Robredo’s motion for reconsideration failed to raise new issues that would warrant a reversal of its earlier ruling. The PET said; “finally, it is well to stress that the Motion for Reconsideration essentially restates the arguments contained in Protestee’s Verified Answer and Counter-Protest, and these have already been duly considered and passed upon by the Tribunal in the Resolution dated January 24, 2017. The Tribunal finds no cogent reason to discuss these matters any further.”
SD Cards Decryption
It also grants the motion of Marcos to decrypt and print the ballot images from the SD cards. This is for the three pilot areas in order to help the Tribunal in the prompt disposition of the protest. It also assists the Protestant to prepare for the recount proceedings and the presentation of his evidence.
Recount Can Resolve the Issue Quickly
Atty. Garcia explained that while they want the PET to look into the anomalies on the implementation of the AES, they respect its ruling. They also appreciate its effort to expedite the proceedings. Recount is soon to follow right after the retrieval process.